Toru Sato Graduate Theories of Personality

Theories of Personality: Theme - Emotions, Relationships & Consciousness PSY 515 (Graduate Course)

Shippensburg University

Course Director: Toru Sato

Course description:

This course involves an in depth examination of how understanding the major theories of personality and consciousness may help us in our personal growth process. Students will be encouraged to examine their own personalities and think about how their environment and consciousness has both shaped and is shaped by their personalities. We will also explore how we can transcend the limitations of our current personalities in order to facilitate our own maturation process. 

Enrollment Requirement:

Since this is a graduate course, the instructor will assume that all students already have an understanding of the basic theories in Personality Psychology from past undergraduate courses taken on this topic. For students who have never taken an undergraduate course on Personality Psychology, it is highly recommended that they read the online textbook entitled Personality Theories by Boeree, C. G. (2006: listed below) as soon as possible.

Required Reading:

Boeree, C. G. (2006). Personality Theories (online textbook available at http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/perscontents.html (for pdf version, go to http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/perschapterspdf.html).

Recommended Reading:

Brach, T. (2004). Radical acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of the Buddha. NY: Bantam.

Goleman, D. (1995). Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ for character, health and lifelong achievement. NY: Bantam.

Gunaratana, H. (2002). Mindfulness in plain English. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. NY: Random House.

Katie, B., & Mitchell, S. (2003). Loving what is: Four questions that can change your life. NY: Three Rivers Press.

Richo, D. (2002). How to be an adult in relationships: The five keys to mindful loving. Boston: Shambhala.

de Saint Exupery, A. (1943). The little prince (trans. K. Woods). NY: Harcourt Brace.

Siegel, D. J. (2010). Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation. NY: Bantam.

Welwood, J. (1997). Love and awakening: Discovering the sacred path of intimate relationship. NY: Harper Perennial.

Watts, A. (1966). The book: On the taboo against knowing who you are. NY: Vintage books.

Optional Items

Students are welcome to bring yoga mat and/or cushion/pillow for the meditation exercises in class.

Link for an article for a class discussion (please see syllabus) 

    - http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/articles/codependence

Evaluation:

Students will work on a project for their own personal development and evaluate themselves by reflecting on their own progress at an exit interview at the end of the course.  Although it is not required, students are welcome to create their own assignments and solicit feedback from the instructor throughout the course. 

Electronic Devices:

Please turn all electronic devices off and place them in a non-visible location during class time. 

Discussion Topics
Leaving Home (The Earthly Self)
Object relations, Attachment & Personality Development
Learning from Conflict   
Facing the Existential Void
The Art of Letting Go
Gratitude
Processing Emotions
The Land of Tears

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